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Doctor Who - Day of the Daleks [DVD] [1972]

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney
  • Directors: Paul Bernard
  • Producers: Barry Letts
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VRO89C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,975 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


On Earth in the 22nd century, Daleks have enslaved the planet and humans live in fear of their masters. Meanwhile, back in the 20th century, a peace conference is urgently needed to prevent World War Three. When reports reach UNIT of a ghost at Auderly House--the site for the conference--the Doctor and Jo decide to investigate. Danger is waiting for them there, including a trip 200 years into the future without the Tardis.

Special Features:

Disc One:
  • Day of the Daleks Original four-part TV version
  • Commentary by actors Anna Barry and Jimmy Winston, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and vision mixer Mike Catherwood
  • Blasting the Past Cast and crew look back on the making of this story
  • A View from the Gallery
  • Nationwide
  • Blue Peter
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Subtitles
  • Radio Times Billings
  • DVD-Rom Only:
  • Coming Soon
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
Disc Two:
  • Day of the Daleks: Special Edition. A new version with specially shot sequences, brand-new effects and new Dalek voices, exclusive to this DVD
  • The Making of Day of the Daleks: Special Edition
  • The UNIT Family--Part Two
  • Now and then
  • The UNIT Dating Conundrum
  • The Cheating Memory
  • Teaser trailer
This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 1st – 22nd January 1972

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Stafford on 23 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
I have always loved this story and it has been one of my favourites of all time. The only problem with it (even when I saw it as a child) was not enough daleks.

An epic invasion looks a bit rough with only 3 daleks available, no matter how many camera angles you use! I was a bit worried that adding new sfx to the story would look out of place and be glaringly obvious.

Happily though, the special edition was obviously put together by someone after my own heart. The new CGI (and a few new short live action scenes)blend in really well with the original footage and keeps to the same style. It is not too OTT, but does give a better sense of scale. The quality of the transfer is good, so it looks good even on a big telly.

So there are more daleks, more Ogrons and better lasers. This really appealed to my inner 10 year old!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J Brackell on 12 July 2012
Format: DVD
After an absence of five years and twenty four serials, the iconic Doctor Who monsters known as `The Daleks' returned to the show that made them famous, after a failed attempt by creator Terry Nation to spin them off into their own series. With their return came their first appearance in colour, outside of the two Doctor Who cinema releases (starring Peter Cushing). Originally planned to appear later in the Doctor's ninth season, the producers altered an existing script to include the Daleks earlier and act as a draw to the beginning of the new season.

This four-part serial focuses on Sir Reginald Styles, a British diplomat, who is preparing a peace conference with diplomats from other countries to prevent a third World War. A few nights before his conference, an assassination attempt occurs but the assassin fades into nothingness before landing the fatal blow. The strange events inevitably draw the Doctor to the diplomat's country house to investigate, unknowingly heading towards a conflict with his old enemies, The Daleks.

The plot to this serial is very reminiscent of Terminator, and actually predates it by twelve years, with the use of soldiers attempting to travel back in time to prevent a future where the human race is ruled by tyrannical machines. There is some very interesting discussion over whether or not it is possible to change the future, or if by going back to change the past, you are in fact causing the very future you seek to avoid.

One of the limitations of this serial is that the production team only had access to three Daleks - one Gold and two Black ones, so there is some editing and repeat shots to give the illusion that there is a whole army of Daleks, but it never quite succeeds.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. J. Weatherup on 5 April 2012
Format: DVD
Have to admit this has always been one my favorite Jon Pertwee stories, and is pretty much my into to the Daleks (although I do have vague memories of Patrick Troughton confronting the Dalek Emperor in Evil of the Daleks). What I like about it is the way it works on a few different levels - as a kid it was the Doctor and the Daleks, then coming back to again on VHS appreciating the fact that it works as a very good political drama and in some ways would have worked even if the Daleks weren't in it. This despite my video version from being in that period where the Beeb had the habit of editing the stories into 90 minute comps - before bowing to fan pressure and releasing (reissuing in this case) the stories in their original episodic form.
The thing that really enhances this is the upgrade on the Dalek voices - and if there's on thing Nick Briggs does well it's Dalek voices. One slight quibble is that the additional material is slightly out of synch with the original episode endings in a couple of places. But on the whole an excellent package that gives you the original version, and the new enhanced version. So 5 stars from this fan who's not disappointed in the least.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Kindle on 24 Sep 2009
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Day of the Daleks is a Black sheep. For many reasons. Firstly, there arn't that many Daleks & they tend to just hang out in their control room until the end when I guess they thought "Oh well I suppose we'd better go & sort it out!" Peter Hawkins or beloved Roy Skelton have nothing to do with the voices of the Daleks & who ever replaced them, did a bad job! Bless them! How they split words like 'Ac-ter-vate-ing' into 4 parts is far too ambiguous!

But, believe me, there's plenty to make this one of Jon's Best!

The atmosphere of this production is as potent as Vodka. It's Rich, Deep & puts you in a wonderfully relaxed mood. The scenes outside are bright, sunny & well directed. And there's a fair bit of it. And what helps this great tone, is the Incidental music. It's knock out BBC Radiophonic stuff! With lots of phasing, stabs, chimes, & god knows what else that came from many sleepless nights of tweaking knobs on a Moog; it really is a joy to listen to. I miss it so much now.

The acting is veteran. No one stands out at all. They all got it. And for those of you who love Jon.. You're in for a treat! He really fires on all cylinders in this one! Theres light entertainment at the start with the gag of talking to his future self, to his great swarve act with his cheese tasting in Style's House, to having a bash at knocking an Ogron out, to the famous scene where he is disgusted at how the human race is enslaved by higher officials. And there's a great line from Jon - "Try & use your intelligence man even if you are a politician!" Classic stuff!

If you can put the Daleks to one side, you will enjoy this, & it will grow on you! I myself cannot wait for this to be released on DVD. I just hope they do the decent thing & Isolate the Incidental Music!
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